The Four Symptoms of Zombie Scrum

. This post is an excerpt from the book we’re writing, the ‘ Zombie Scrum Survival Guide ’. It’s our way of delivering small increments and involving our stakeholders: you, the reader. So we’d love to hear your feedback, encouragements, and wild ideas.


Can a Development Team member work on more than one team at a time?

In my last post I used the metaphor of a rowing team to describe the potential implications of having more than one Product Owner per product. In this post, I’d like to use a similar metaphor to show what might happen if a Development Team member works on more than one team at a time.


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Can we have more than one Product Owner?

One of the questions about Scrum I’m often asked is, “Can we have more than one Product Owner per product?” In fact, one of the few Scrum rules about the Product Owner role is, “The Product Owner is one person, not a committee.” (The The Scrum Guide).


I Failed Again – I Talked About Why Agile But They Wanted “How To Scrum”

I got the opportunity to share my knowledge on agile to the management team today in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). I thought it is about how an organization responds to change and wanted to understand what agile means. I tried to go a little deeper to help everyone understand: –.


Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

10 Powerful Questions to Create Better Sprint Goals

If you prefer to listen instead of read, you can also listen to this post on our podcast. Almost everybody sees the value of Sprint Goals. But most teams struggle with them nonetheless. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to creating good Sprint Goals.


Project Manager vs Scrum Master - Stop Comparing

Difference between project manager and scrum master. This is very popular comparison but why do we compare and what goes behind this comparison? These are 2 different roles originated from 2 different process frameworks. It is like goalkeeper in football vs full-back in Rugby.

9 steps to a great Online Agile Scrum Team

. So, how’s it going? Terrible. My team are worried, we feel disconnected and I’m finding it hard to bring us back together. Sounds challenging. It is. It really is. I just don’t understand how these other teams I read about are working together so well. Hmm, how are the rest of the team feeling?


La agilidad de negocio ayuda a reinventarse

La realidad actual nos ha llevado a acelerar muchas decisiones. A veces esas decisiones no son las más deseadas. En estos 2 meses se han visto cosas que no lo asumíamos que eran posibles. Y aún mejor hay muchas más por llegar. Os voy a explicar la reinvención que hemos tenido para seguir dando valor.

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Scrum and Personal Effectiveness

Are scrum and personal effectiveness compatible? In recent weeks I have experienced using Scrum for my personal organization. If you have a lot of topics to deal with, you feel overwhelmed by events, then this article may be useful for you. I am in the seventh week of experimentation.


Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Psychological Safety and the Scrum Values for High Performing Teams

. Some time ago, Google’s People Operations set out to learn the secret of successful teams. Being data-driven, the Google People Operations team conducted over 200 interviews with Google employees and looked at more than 250 attributes of over 180 teams over two years. They were thorough!


This is why your company doesn’t make real progress, although everyone works so hard.

Treacherous bottlenecks can nullify all your hard work, no matter how industrious you are. So, have you ever wondered where “bottleneck” term comes from? Let’s try to understand it a bit better. Imagine you have a bottle of water and your goal is to empty it as quick as possible.

Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams

TL; DR: A Remote Sprint Review with a Distributed Team. We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools; we explored virtual Liberating Structures, and how to master Zoom.

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What should be the focus for the Product Owner?

The most straightforward answer would be – value, of course! But how do you reach it? Large numbers of Product Owners begin their work by creating requirements. In some situations, these scopes are dictated by others.

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

Myth: You Can't Do Projects With Scrum

Scrum is intended as a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery. Scrum is not a one-size-fits-all solution, a silver bullet or a complete methodology.


Scrum Framework in 3 minutes – you heard it right

I struggled in the past when people were asking me to explain scrum quickly and without putting metaphor and success stories. Mostly people from business when I was asking them to explore why they must know. I was like, how is it possible?


Whitepaper : The Stages of Scrum Mastery

Good Scrum Masters are passionate. Great Scrum Masters are dispassionate. I have learned that there is a good correlation between the Four Stages of Learning and the stages of Scrum Mastery.


Is it professional to finish the Sprint at 9pm?

10' reading time . TL; DR. Sometimes, some actions seem good in the short term, but in reality mask serious dysfunctions. Working overtime in stressful situations is not a viable long-term remedy and should not be seen as a professional solution, but as a warning signal to be heard courageously.


Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

How to be a good scrum master during a crisis

Many teams are finding that they need to adjust to a new reality amid the covid-19 pandemic. Strategic plans lie in tatters, urgent unplanned work fills the board, stakeholders are hammering teams with requests, and routine has gone out of the window.


Struggling with Sprint Goals

. Having a Sprint Goal in some cases is not easy. Having a good Sprint Goal is even more difficult. It has proven to be a difficult topic for many starting teams. There already are some good blogs on this, so I encourage you to search further through the resources after this read.


Experiments, Practices, and Strategies for being a Remote Scrum Master

Being an effective and successful Scrum Master requires a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and experience. This variety is captured in the stances of a Scrum Master. The Scrum Master is expected to act as a teacher, impediment remover, facilitator, coach, mentor, and change agent.


The Sprint Goal lifecycle

In this blog post I explain why the Sprint Goal is key for an effective implementation of Scrum and how it is widely present in the Scrum framework by exploring its “lifecycle”. . Scrum is defined as a framework to address complex problems while delivering products of the highest possible value.


BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Alternative Scrum Framework Poster

We have redesigned our Scrum Framework poster and have made some changes. . . . Here is an explanation of the elements we have presented differently compared to the poster [1] and the reasons why: . Scrum Events . The Sprint .


Remote Agile (Part 3): Mastering Zoom

TL; DR: Mastering Zoom — Remote Agile (Part 3). In this third post of the Remote Agile series, we address the tool at the heart of working with a distributed team as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, or Product Owner: Zoom.

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What is Effective Servant Leadership™?

In a post some time ago, I elaborated on the qualities of the Emotional Scrum Master. People who reacted to this post asked me for tips and tricks on how to grow their EQ.

Remote work - How to work from home efficiently

. Interesting times have come. Due to danger of coronavirus spread many organizations decided to switch to the remote work model. Besides the influence on Scrum implementation, this might be a new situation for you personally.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Scrum Master or The Scrum Master

Note - I have been running a series of webinars on this, and next is tomorrow at 7 pm Malaysia time. You can check here , and for further updates, you can join our meetup group. . .


[VLOG] What Are The Differences Between Scrum Master And Product Owner

Hello awesome people! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy in the midst of this global turbulence. So many things changed in my life in just a week, which made me to have to reorder my life backlog including the vlogs that I have already planned.


Ruinous Empathy of a Scrum Master

You must have heard about the Radical Candor book and its quadrant model. Today I want to talk about how you can apply this model to a Scrum Master role.


Remote Agile: Practices and Tools [Video]

Watch the Replay of the Remote Agile Practices & Tools Live Virtual Class. At the end of March, we ran a Remote Agile Practices & Tools class with about 30 participants from all over Europe, the Eastern Seaboard, and Canada.

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The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Development Team Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Development Team Anti-Patterns. After covering the Scrum Master and the Product Owner, this article addresses Development Team anti-patterns, covering all Scrum Events as well as the Product Backlog artifact. Learn more about what to look out for if you want to support your fellow teammates.